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The Comparison: Dikembe Mutombo
Alright, so maybe Bismack Biyombo isn’t the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats at the moment, but selecting the “best player” from a team that won just seven games seems like an oxymoron to me anyway.
At just 19-years-old, Biyombo probably has the most potential and room to grow out of everyone on the Bobcats roster, so he gets the nod here.
Comparing Rajon Rondo to Isiah Thomas or Deron Williams to Kevin Johnson seem like fair evaluations when compared with Biyombo and Mount Mutombo.
Unlike Biyombo, Mutombo made a gigantic instant-impact when he entered the NBA in 1991, averaging 16.6 points, 12.3 rebounds and three blocks per game. He’s one of the greatest defensive big men ever and it could be a long time before we see an NBA player worthy of a comparison to Mutombo.
Biyombo, at 6’9”, simply doesn’t measure up with the sheer mountainous height of Mutombo, who stood at 7’2”. Nevertheless, Biyombo has had bright moments on the defensive end of the floor.
He recorded five or more blocked shots on five separate occasions this past season, but his biggest accomplishment was locking down the best center in the NBA, Dwight Howard.
In an upset win over the Orlando Magic earlier this year, Biyombo recorded 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots, while holding Howard to 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.
Biyombo had an up-and-down year statistically, but he showed up to play against the best in the business, which earns him props.
Biyombo has a long way to go to be as good as Mutombo, but he’s shown flashes of defensive brilliance.
If nothing else, at least their last names sound similar.